Here's how I steam artichokes, a favorite vegetable of mine!
1. Remove discolored leaves; trim stem even with base.
2. Cut 1 inch off top and discard. Snip off points of the remaining leaves with scissors. Rinse with cold water. Optional: To prevent discoloration, dip into 1 quart cold water mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
3. Steam top down for 20 to 25 minutes or until bottom is tender when pierced with a knife.
4. Enjoy with something on the side. We prefer melted butter. My husband sometimes dips them in mayonnaise (ew, haha).